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Airports

Ownership

What rules govern the ownership of airports (both public and private)?

Airports in the United Arab Emirates are owned and operated by the government of the respective emirate where they are located.

Operation

What is the authorization procedure for the operation of airports?

The General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) regulates and licenses airports in the United Arab Emirates. Airports are operated by the Department of Civil Aviation of the relevant emirate.

What ongoing operating requirements apply (including obligations relating to safety, security and facilities maintenance)?

Each airport is operated by the Department of Civil Aviation of the relevant emirate. All airports must have safety and security policies in place that adhere to GCAA requirements.

Airport Charges

What airport charges apply and how are they regulated?

Airport charges are implemented by the Department of Civil Aviation of the relevant emirate. To date, all passengers – excluding those under the age of two as well as pilots and crew – are charged a Dh75 (approximately $20) departure fee when departing from Dubai International Airport.

Access

What regulations govern access to airports?

All aircraft entering UAE airports must comply with the Civil Aviation Law and the Civil Aviation Regulations.

Slot Allocation

What regime governs the allocation of airport slots (including slot transfer, revocation and disputes)?

The allocation of airport slots is governed by the Department of Civil Aviation of the relevant emirate. 

Ground Handling

How are ground handling services regulated?

There is no federal law governing ground handling in the United Arab Emirates. The relevant  Department of Civil Aviation is responsible for regulating ground handling in the applicable emirate (eg, dnata is the sole ground handling agent at Dubai International Airport).

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